The star of the Elephants has compared his national team to his club side, as the Gunners are also experiencing a trophy drought
Connections between the Gunners and the west African nation date back to 1993 with Jean-Marc Guillou’s founding of Abidjan’s illustrious football academy, but the prime example of their similarities that Gervinho cited has to do with a lack of trophies for both club and country.
"The Ivory Coast are like Arsenal. The Ivory Coast have not won a trophy since 1992. We’ve got good players and every time we approach a tournament, we say we are going to win it and then we miss out,” he told the Dailymail.
“This year I would really like to win with both Arsenal and Ivory Coast. I am going to win a trophy this year.”
While the wait hasn’t been quite as long for the North Londoners, who lifted their last silverware in 2005, the 24-year-old’s determination to win a title this season is abundantly clear.
Gervinho added that the Arsenal and Cote d’Ivoire link doesn’t stop there as it was the Abidjan academy founder who gave his current manager, Arsene Wenger, his assistant coaching start at Cannes in 1983.
“When I went to the academy, we watched Arsenal because of Guillou’s connection with Arsene. He knows Arsene well and his academy had the same philosophy as Arsenal.
"Arsenal have always been a dream of mine and I always thought one day I would go there,” explained Gervinho.
With African giants Egypt out of the way and plenty of other traditional powerhouse teams absent, the skilful winger and his Elephants have an excellent opportunity to make Ivorian dreams come true at the 2012 Afcon.
Many have called this the moment of truth for Cote d’Ivoire’s golden generation and at the moment it appears their chances of ending their trophy drought are much better than Arsenal’s.